As in the story, my afternoon didn’t work out as I had planned (nothing disastrous, but including a 50 minute phone call from my mum), meaning I didn’t have time to read it until this morning.
I thoroughly enjoyed it - it was funny - and obviously draws on your vast experience with children and life! It reminded me of some of the things that happened to me when out with my son (he’s 27 now). I can’t wait to see what happens with the characters in your novel.
I have read through it twice, with the aid of a dictionary. I did find it quite difficult in parts, until I had sorted out the vocabulary and ‘turns of phrase’ that were unfamiliar. On the second read through it was much easier - it’s an advantage too that I follow northern SSIW.